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AXPONA 2016: End of Line and Best In Show

My first AXPONA was five years ago in Atlanta. It was about as far from 2016 as you can get. Then, there was something like 20 rooms. 978 more words


AXPONA 2016: Best Sound, Best Products, and Audiophile tribes in Beat City


We all belong to, or identify with one whether we know it or not.

Some of us are very cognizant of our tribe, and let our freak flag fly. 1,736 more words


AXPONA 2016: John Stancavage’s Best of Show

Best Sound

Cost-no-object system: Wilson Alexx, driven by Doshi tube amps (Paragon/Wilson Audio room). Neutral, effortless and jaw-dropping sound, combined with realistic weight, solidity and image height. 214 more words


AXPONA 2016: Ear Gear eXpo (Plus) Roundup

The Ear Gear eXpo at AXPONA followed quickly on the heels of the all-headphone extravaganza of Head-Fi’s CanJam SoCal, which made double-coverage tricky and somewhat problematic — an issue I “solved” by giving some admittedly short shrift to this section here in Chicago. 696 more words


AXPONA 2016: “This stuff costs how much? No f@!#ing way!”

When I attend audio shows these days, I spend a lot of time riding elevators.

This year at AXPONA in the Westin O’Hare in Chicago, where more than 400 exhibitors were scattered across eight floors, it felt like I was in the lifts as much as the listening rooms. 1,597 more words


AXPONA 2016: Sonist sings with Triode

It may be an odd thing to say, but Jonny Wilson knows how to decorate a demo room.

No, seriously. There are a lot of folks that can set up a great-sounding room. 361 more words


AXPONA 2016: Seduced by Vapor Audio and LampizatOr

Fan favorite Vapor Audio has not necessarily had the best track-record when it comes to audio shows. Maybe we’ve been unlucky with our timing, or they’ve been unlucky with their timing, but whatever the reason,  493 more words